May 30, 2011

An all-Marine Corps crew of three officers and five enlisted personnel operate the Lockheed-Martin C-130T Hercules, affectionately known as Fat Albert Airlines. Fat Albert joined the team in 1970 and flies more than 140,000 miles each season. It carries more than 40 maintenance and support personnel, their gear and enough spare parts and communication equipment to complete a successful air show.

May 22, 2011

Guessing Game anyone?

Is anyone up for a guessing game?

Please notice that word "Guess" in there... If you already know what the item in the following photo is all about and what it was used for, then don't spoil the fun.... for at least a day or two. Thanks.

Somehow I never knew anything about this intriguing doodad or the many related versions until a friend emailed me the link this week.

So let your imagination go wild a little ... see what you come up with. The grand prize: An all expense-paid trip to wherever you want to go (at your own expense, of course).

The only clue for now: It IS aviation-oriented.

May 19, 2011

Welcome to SpacePort...

If ever you're flying into San Francisco take a window seat and hope you get lucky. Runway 28 left and right are laterally closer than most airports so you sometimes end up flying "formation" with another airliner on approach. It's pretty hard to know ahead of time if you'll be landing on 28R or 28L so like I said: "Do ya feeel luckey - huh? Do ya?" .... (best dirty Harry voice imitation)

Virgin Galactic and Virgin America used this setup to give passengers on an A320 a fantastic view of the White Knight and Spaceship 2 landing alongside:

May 16, 2011

I want one! Of course...

This video is interesting not only for the details about the Verticopter under development, but also regarding the X-Plane flight simulator program. I don't spend much time on computer simulators... but maybe next winter when the flying weather turns sour...?

May 11, 2011

Go With the Flow...

Have to share this time-lapse video taken at KBOS: